Oliver Reed as Antonius Proximo in the Ridley Scott directed period action adventure drama “Gladiator” (2000)

If you recall the 2000 Ridley Scott directed period action adventure drama “Gladiator,” you might remember Oliver Reed was cast as the gruff gladiator trainer Antonius Proximo.

Reed (1938–1999)

For his portrayal of Proximo, the actor picked up a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Sadly, with the actor having died in Valletta, Malta on Sunday, 2 May 1999, the BAFTA nomination for his work on “Gladiator” came posthumously.

Born in Wimbledon, London, England on Sunday, 13 Feb. 1938, Reed was the son of Peter and Marcia Reed. Reed’s father was a sports journalist.

If you know of Sir Carol Reed’s directorial work, you might also be privy to the fact Reed is this director’s nephew.

Oliver Reed as Athos in the Richard Lester directed action adventure drama “The Three Musketeers” (1973)

Beginning in 1955 with an uncredited appearance as an extra in the Ken Annakin directed romantic comedy “Value for Money,” Reed spent the best part of the next 45 years bringing to life numerous characters including Capt. Tom Sylvester, Athos, Captain Daniel Nelson, Gerald Kingsland and Bishop Wisharton in “The Crimson Blade” (1963), “The Three Musketeers” (1973), “A Touch of the Sun” (1979), “Castaway” (1986) and “The Bruce” (1996), respectively.

Oliver Reed as Bill Sikes in the Carol Reed directed period musical “Oliver!” (1968)

Even though Reed appeared in over 120 productions, it would be remiss of me to not mention the Carol Reed directed period musical “Oliver!” The film, directed by Reed’s uncle, was nominated for eleven Academy Awards at the 1969 awards ceremony.

Of the awards the film was nominated for, the director saw his creation pick up the Academy Awards for Best Musical Adaptation Score, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Director and Best Picture.

Even though it was Jack Wild that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as The Artful Dodger, Reed’s personification of Bill Sikes was every bit as artfully created as Wild’s character.

In 1999, aged 61, Reed died on a heart attack.

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